Whether you call it a thrift store, a junk shop, a charity shop, a resale shop or even an op shop, these stores all offer the same service – they allow people to buy used goods for a lower price. One of the first recorded thrift store opened its doors in 1899 in England and was formed by the Wolverhampton Society for the Blind. The aim of this store was to help the society raise money to help the blind in the neighborhood. However, it wasn’t until World War II that thrift stores became a household name. During this time, universities and companies such as the British Red Cross opened up resale stores to raise funds for their war efforts. By 1947, the first Oxfam charity store had welcomed customers, which soon sparked a worldwide creation of thrift stores across the globe.
Nowadays, shopping in thrift stores has now become so common it’s even earned itself its own slang term; thrifting! While many people often looked down on those who would buy second-hand-goods, thrifting has since become a popular pastime for young adults and Millenials who are proud of their frugal natures. In fact, the concept of thrifting has since made way to dedicated thrifting TV shows, YouTube videos and more. Most of the time, the products in these thrift stores re-sell everyday household goods and the odd trinket or two, but one man had the shock of his life when he bought a photo for $2… only to realize that it was worth much more than that.